In a recorded message, Trump says the US embassy move is “a long time coming.”
“Israel is a sovereign nation, with the right like any other sovereign nation, to designate its capital,” says the US president.
He stresses that Washington still seeks to clinch a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.
The US embassy is opening “many, many years ahead of schedule,” says Trump.
“The United Sates remains fully committed to facilitating a lasting peace agreement,” he says, also stressing US support for the status quo at the Temple Mount.
“This city and entire nation is a testament to the unbreakable spirit of the Jewish people,” says Trump.
“May there be peace. May God bless this embassy. May God bless all who serve there. And may God bless America.”